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Alaska House votes unanimously to support Willow oil project

The Biden administration could decide the project’s future as soon as March 6.
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Alaska’s new elections director, a Trump donor, stays quiet on 2020 election fairness nationally

Carol Beecher doesn’t have elections experience, but Lt. Gov. Dahlstrom cites her administrative background, impartiality as reasons for the pick.
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Alaska Senate approves free trapping licenses for disabled veterans

Sen. Kiehl said he’s never been able to understand why disabled veterans can hunt and sport fish for free, but not freely trap for furs.
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Alaska legislators begin drilling into governor’s underground-carbon plan

State lawmakers need to hire new independent advisers because their usual firm was plucked by Gov. Dunleavy’s administration.
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Sullivan: ‘Several other unidentified objects’ also traveled over Alaska

After a U.S. Air Force fighter jet shot down an unidentified object over Alaska’s North Slope on Friday, Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, said several other similar objects have traveled over the state in recent weeks.
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After China balloon scare, Air Force shoots down object flying above Alaska’s North Slope

A Pentagon spokesperson said the shootdown was ordered by President Joe Biden.
David Wilson

Revived legislation proposes penalties for abusing Alaska’s 911 system

A bill adding criminal penalties for harassing 911 dispatchers or abusing the 911 system in Alaska is advancing in the Legislature.
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Weddings are resuming at Alaska courthouses — here’s how to get married in Alaska

Whether you go to a courthouse or not, getting married in Alaska can be an easy process, and anyone can conduct the ceremony.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy's Cabinet

Alaska’s governor, lieutenant governor and top officials are in line for a pay increase

The State Officers Compensation Commission has recommended raising the governor’s annual salary from $145,000 to approximately $176,000.
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Gov. Dunleavy says Alaska doesn’t flare its natural gas. It does.

Targeted by environmental groups, gas flares in Alaska are regulated more by economics than concerns about greenhouse gases.
Daniel Winfree

Retiring from the high court, Alaska’s chief justice defends its system of selecting judges

Members of the Senate’s coalition majority say they don’t expect changes to the system before the 2024 election, but others aren’t sure.
Tamika Ledbetter

Alaska labor commissioner unexpectedly resigns for undisclosed reasons

Commissioner Tamika Ledbetter’s resignation was announced in an email from the governor’s office Tuesday afternoon.
Alaska Sen. James Kaufman

Anchorage senator proposes new spending cap, key piece of Alaska fiscal plan

The idea from Sen. James Kaufman, R-Anchorage, was encouraged by a bipartisan, bicameral group.
Heidi Drygas

Former lieutenant governor candidate Heidi Drygas is new head of Alaska’s largest public union

Heidi Drygas will replace Jake Metcalfe as executive director of the Alaska State Employees Association.
Jim Cockrell

State troopers, misled by false court order, detained school principal for mental health check

Troopers say a family member of Mary Fulp presented responding troopers with a written court order they said was signed by a state judge.
Mike Dunleavy

Alaska Gov. Dunleavy urges Legislature to fund more legal action against Biden administration

Dunleavy said there are many reasons for optimism in Alaska during his State of the State address, calling for it to be the "most pro-life" state in the U.S.
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For rural Alaska lawmakers, local issues trumped party interests and swung the state House

The members of the House’s Bush Caucus explain how and why they flipped control of the chamber.
Jude Pate

Dunleavy picks Sitka judge for Supreme Court, first justice in decades from small-town Alaska

Jude Pate is also the first justice to come from Southeast Alaska since 2013.
Cathy Tilton

Fresh in power, Alaska House’s new Republican-led coalition outlines its priorities

"Fiscal stability" is No. 1, but specifics are hard to come by as the group gets organized.
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From abortion to zoning: Short summaries of every bill in the 33rd Alaska State Legislature

The 33rd Legislature convenes Jan. 17, and lawmakers have already begun prefiling items for public consideration.